Funeral of popular Cumbrian teacher
Last updated at 11:21, Saturday, 31 August 2013
It was standing room only as hundreds of people turned out to pay their last respects to a teacher.
Crowds filled St Joseph’s Church in Cockermouth yesterday to say farewell to Kevin Green, with others listening on loud speakers in the church hall.
Everybody respected the family’s wishes to wear something red in honour of Mr Green’s love of Liverpool Football Club.
Mr Green, 56, of Oaktree Crescent, Cockermouth, died of a heart attack on August 19 while on a cycling holiday.
He was former head of geography at Cockermouth School and had been head of sixth form at St Benedict’s School in Whitehaven since 1999.
His coffin, adorned with flowers with messages and a Liverpool badge and scarf, was carried into the church to the tune of Let It Be by The Beatles.
Priest Father Joe O’Connor said it was a tremendous turnout from the community to pay tribute to Mr Green.
“An indication of what impression you make on people is how many people come to your funeral,” he said.
“[Mr Green] was kind, forgiving and helpful and always looked out for his pupils and wanted the best for them.
“People experienced something very precious when they met him and he wanted to share that when he met others.”
At the funeral people heard from his brother Mike, wife Diana, friend Andrew Dickens and colleague from St Benedict’s Laura Dawson.
Each of his four children, Maria, Sarah, Robert and Peter, also paid tribute to their father.
Maria said: “He taught me so much about the world and gave me a lifetime of memories.
“He always tried to help and would do anything for me. I am so proud to say I am his daughter.”
Sarah said how her father meant everything to her while a speech read out on behalf of Robert said how his father always thought about others and was a generous and caring man.
His son Peter focused on his father’s love of the natural world, recalling how holidays always included a short geography lesson on the natural features.
A short message was read out on behalf of Mrs Green, which said: “You will always be my rock and best friend as you were for 30 years.
“I will miss you every day and love you forever.”
His brother Mike said: “Kevin was a huge part of my life, was an indomitable force, had massive enthusiasm; and all that has been taken away and left a huge void in my life.
“He loved his family life. He had a doting mother and inspirational father and he really cherished his childhood.
“He always showed how proud he was of his family throughout his school life.”
Mr Green had played football for the Bitter End Pub and his team-mates paid tribute to him by turning up in their team strip.
Mike added: “Kevin had an enormous heart, did all he could to help others and valued his family life.
“If you talk to anyone – family, friend or colleagues – they will say he brought encouragement to the youngsters he taught.”
Laura Dawson had been a colleague of Mr Green’s at St Benedict’s for 11 years.
She said: “He was a role model for every pupil and he helped shape so many futures.
“The dedication he showed for his job and his family will live long in the memory.
“He was such a thoughtful and caring man. He put people’s feelings and emotions before himself and he will be greatly missed by every pupil he taught and came into contact with.
“It was an honour to work with him and we have never had a better person to spend our lives with and we are all better for it.”
In the most moving part of the funeral, Mr Green’s coffin was carried out to the Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.
First published at 11:05, Saturday, 31 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Kevin taught me when he was at Falmer High School in the early eighties and through a common love of football, when we set up Falmer Old Boys Sunday team Kevin was player/manager for a season I think. Always had time to catch up after we went our seperate ways. A genuinely good man. Very sad news.
A fitting tribute to an absolute gentleman. Mr Green taught at Cockermouth when I was a pupil and he was a credit to the teaching profession. I was only talking to him a few weeks ago and he was his usual happy self, genuinely interested in how I was and my family were. Some solace for the family of Mr Green is the high regard he was held in by all who knew him.
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